Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Simple Sister

If you have been following this blog at all you probably think I'm a complete folkie and never listen to rock. Well, not quite. Here is a number by my favorite band from the sixties/seventies, Procol Harum. Pay attention to the late B.J. Wilson. He seems so much the perfect nerd that it's easy to miss the fact that he was one of the greatest drummers in the business.

While Youtube is loaded with videos of Procol's big soft hits like A Whiter Shade Of Pale and A Salty Dog, a lot of the hard rockers are missing. I would love to see Power Failure (with BJ on drums), Drunk Again, and Nothing But The Truth. (There is a version of Nothing on Youtube, but Sir Gary Brooker screw up the lyrics somethng fierce.)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Oh, those wacky Census folks

So on April 1 of this year the U.S. Census Bureau will attempt to count every person in the United States and find out some information about them. As a librarian I can assure that government agencies will be using these figures to place roads, schools, senior centers, etc. and that in fifty or a hundred years people will still be using them to find out how we lived way back when.

To promote the Census the Bureau called in Christopher Guest, director of mockumentaries like BEST IN SHOW and A MIGHTY WIND. The results are, well, weird.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Winter haiku

Bicycle morning
Racing under a streetlight
My shadow passes.

photo by mookio

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Rivers: an old thought about human geography

Perfect !!
Originally uploaded by antifa
"Hard would it be for one mortal to tell all the names of these [rivers],
but everyone everywhere knows the river he happens to live by."
-Hesiod (ca 700 B.C.) , Theogony, lines 369-370

Photo by antifa